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Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

Posted on: April 21, 2010 4:58 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2010 7:59 pm
 

NEW YORK -- The Cubs have moved opening day starter Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen.

Zambrano, who last pitched in relief in 2002, becomes the primary setup man in front of closer Carlos Marmol. Ted Lilly returns from the disabled list this weekend to join the Cubs rotation. Zambrano, who made his fourth start of the year Tuesday night against the Mets, will be available in relief beginning Friday night in Milwaukee.

The bullpen has been a major problem for the Cubs, who are off to a 5-9 start and have already fallen four games behind the Cardinals in the National League Central. The Cubs have allowed 16 eighth-inning runs, the most in the major leagues.

"This makes all the sense in the world," said manager Lou Piniella, who called Zambrano into his office this afternoon to tell him of the move.

Actually, it was more to ask Zambrano, because Piniella said he wouldn't have made the move if Zambrano hadn't been willing to do it. Piniella told Zambrano that the move was temporary, designed to give general manager Jim Hendry more time to find an adequate setup man in a trade.

"I said whatever you want me to do, I'm here for the team," Zambrano said. "I don't like to be a reliever, but this team needs someone to step up. I need to help this team. . . . We've already lost three or four games in the eighth inning. I'm not saying I'll be Superman, that I'll be the best setup man in the big leagues. But I think I can be good. I think I can be great."

Zambrano is making $17.875 million this year. He allowed eight runs to the Braves in 1 1/3 innings on opening day, but has pitched well in three starts since. Piniella explained that the move wasn't made because of how Zambrano has done as a starter, but rather because he thinks Zambrano is the best solution to the Cubs' bullpen problems.

Zambrano came to the big leagues as a reliever, but he hasn't pitched out of the bullpen since 2002.

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Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 6:07 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

Here is a copy of and article that was on NBCSports.com:

who the Cubbies might move to the bullpen. In that post I said  "lord knows that Carlos Zambrano does not exactly have the temperament to live down in the pen."

So naturally, the Cubs are moving Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen. That report comes .  According to Sullvian, Big Z is "cool with the move." Because "cool" is what describes Carlos Zambrano.

Indeed, if there is one trait that I would say typifies a relief pitcher it's grace under pressure and the ability to let go of setbacks moments -- or at the very most a day -- after one happens.  I love me some Carlos Zambrano, but that's a trait the fellow does not have.

On this afternoon I said something to the effect of the Cubs being a miserable team to watch lately.  They suddenly just got more interesting.

UPDATE:  this may not be a merely temporary move and that "This makes all the sense in the world."  I've always had a mild suspicion that Piniella might leave the game wearing a straight jacket as opposed to his uniform. It may actually be coming to pass.




Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 6:06 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

Not the worse idea in the world. Have you seen the bullpen in front of Marmol.  Yikes. I think they did i so they could bring the Carlos's at you in the 8th and 9th.  But seriously if you have too many starters with Lilly coming back this is not the worst move.



Since: Apr 7, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 6:06 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

Ok Lou, which is going to hurt your team worse: Having a sub-par setup man, or your ace only pitching in relief?

It is also worth noting that it isn't a sure thing that he'll pitch that well from the 'pen. Some guys are just born starters.




Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 6:05 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

Here is a copy of and article that was on NBCSports.com:

who the Cubbies might move to the bullpen. In that post I said  "lord knows that Carlos Zambrano does not exactly have the temperament to live down in the pen."

So naturally, the Cubs are moving Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen. That report comes .  According to Sullvian, Big Z is "cool with the move." Because "cool" is what describes Carlos Zambrano.

Indeed, if there is one trait that I would say typifies a relief pitcher it's grace under pressure and the ability to let go of setbacks moments -- or at the very most a day -- after one happens.  I love me some Carlos Zambrano, but that's a trait the fellow does not have.

On this afternoon I said something to the effect of the Cubs being a miserable team to watch lately.  They suddenly just got more interesting.

UPDATE:  this may not be a merely temporary move and that "This makes all the sense in the world."  I've always had a mild suspicion that Piniella might leave the game wearing a straight jacket as opposed to his uniform. It may actually be coming to pass.




Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2010 6:02 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

I don't necessarily agree with the move either, but Zambrano is not our best starter.  Dempster and Wells are both better right now than Zambrano.  And so is our ace, Ted Lilly, who will hopefully be back in a week or two.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:55 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

best starter?  what are you basing that on?  highest paid starter, yes, but not best.  Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, and Ted Lilly have all pitched better than him since the start of last season.



Since: Mar 25, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:44 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

This is true/ The Score is reporting it for the last 3 hours. This should be interesting



Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:42 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

I love the entry under Fantasy Analysis on Zambrano's page:

Fantasy Analysis

 Piniella strikes again, ruining Fantasy pitchers one dumb move at a time. Zambrano could still move back to the rotation if Carlos Silva or Tom Gorzelanny struggle Wednesday and Thursday. Unless Zambrano elevates to the closer's role, he will fall from being a must-own in all leagues to being relatively worthless. This is a drastic and dumb move by the Cubs. Stay tuned.

(Updated 04/21/2010).


Sounds like the writer has Zambrano on his Fantasy team. Tongue out



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:40 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano out of the rotation for good

Great move for the Cubs-best move is to trade him.  He is past his prime. Cubs should build rotation around Lilly and Dempster and bring up their quality minor league talent from AA Tennessee-Castner. Also,Jeff Russell is good enough to start in majors. I would release both Gorselanny and Grabow and pitch their young talent. Also,play Colvin,release Soriano and move Theriot to second and bring up Castro from Tennessee to play short. Castro is batting .400 and has superior range over Theriot.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:36 pm
 

Cubs move Zambrano to bullpen

The thing is with Zambrano is you have the sense he doesnt pitch up to his talent. That he loses focus and gets into a funk on a regular basis. He can go on a tear or be very average for 4-6 weeks. This is more of a mental wake up call for Zambrano in an attempt to get him focused than helping the bull pen. Lou knows that if Zambrano can't be a 16-19 game winner the cubs are sunk.


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